Steve Morvell

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for March, 2006

Steve Morvell is a highly acclaimed environmental artist, dedicated to raising awareness of the beauty and fragility of wildlife and the habitats in which they co-exist with humans.Steve has always had a deep commitment to conservation and raising awareness of environmental issues. The Australian Koala Foundation, Greenpeace, the RSPCA, the Wilderness Society, Animal Welfare and the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers have all derived considerable funds through the sale of some of Steve's outstanding wildlife art. He counts as the most notable among his many achievements, the raising of awareness among the general public that art is a powerful tool when used for conservation and understanding of mankind's relationship to the natural world.
There have been many great achievements for Steve's art but notable among these are more than 20 National Awards including three times winner of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia's highest honour of Best Exhibit and Gold Medal at their annual showing. He has been chosen to represent Australia internationally on several occasions and was honoured to be called upon to create and sculpt a life sized bronze Husky Memorial for the Australian Antarctic Division on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Australia's Antarctic exploration.
His art has been widely featured through Television and radio including an ABC Wildscreen documentary. He has also featured in books including 'Fifty Australian Artists', 'Who's who of Australian Visual Artists', in many magazines and on Australian Postage Stamps. His was the first wildlife art ever to be featured in 'Australian Artist' magazine where he appeared as the cover artist back in 1987.His deep need to be with animals compels Steve to study his subjects in the field, often spending long hours observing animals in their natural habitat. Steve's artworks capture delightfully intimate encounters with shy and elusive species. His recognition of the spirit of the bush and its creatures leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.Working in a wide variety of mediums, Steve believes that to do justice to the subject and to produce truly great art, one must be open-minded in approach and method of portrayal. He carefully selects the most appropriate and dynamic medium for each idea. Steve's unique works encompass pastel and charcoal paintings, pencil drawing, brushed carbon ink, pen, watercolour, acrylic and even enamels and bronze on large scale outdoor works. In the field of wildlife art he has a reputation as an innovator and his works are aimed squarely at one thing........ giving the viewer a real sense of 'being there'!

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